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Ms Katharine Carruthers
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  • Director - UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am the Director of the Institute of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools and also UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia.

I support schools to develop the study of Chinese as a mainstream curriculum subject across England. The IOE Confucius Institute and 44 Confucius Classrooms is a partnership with Peking University and Peking University High School.

I am a  teacher and examiner of Chinese with 30 years’ experience. I was the series editor of the textbooks for teaching Chinese for 11-16 year olds and wrote the specification for the Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese qualification. With IOE PGCE Languages colleagues, I established the PGCE Mandarin pathway, which began in 2011 and led the teaching on it for the next decade. 

I am the Strategic Director for UCL’s delivery of the Department for Education’s Mandarin Excellence Programme.

As Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia, I am responsible for supporting the development of UCL’s international partnerships in the region.

My research interests centre around teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language in schools, the notion of intercultural competence in Chinese and UK schools and globalisation and language policy.

I received an OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for services to Education.


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